Faculty of Science and Engineering Dissertation Title: Student Name: Student Id: Supervisor: Examination Board: Postgraduate Computing Award Title: Presented in partial fulfilment of the assessment requirements for the above award. This work or any part thereof has not previously been presented in any form to the University or to any other institutional body whether for assessment or for other purposes. Save for any acknowledgements, references and/or bibliographies cited in the work, I confirm that the intellectual content of the work is the result of my own efforts and of no other person. It is acknowledged that the author of any dissertation work shall own the copyright. 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Further help and guidance can be obtained from your academic tutor or from our guide on How to avoid Academic Misconduct – available at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/skills By submitting this document for assessment you are confirming the following statements I declare that this submission is my own work and has not been copied from someone else or commissioned to another to complete. Any materials used in this work (whether from published sources, the internet or elsewhere) have been fully acknowledged and referenced and are without fabrication or falsification of data. I have adhered to relevant ethical guidelines and procedures in the completion of this assignment. I have not allowed another student to have access to or copy from this work. This work has not been submitted previously. By this declaration I confirm my understanding and acceptance that – 1. The University may use this work for submission to the national plagiarism detection facility. This searches the internet and an extensive database of reference material, including other students’ work and available essay sites, to identify any duplication with the work you have submitted. Once your work has been submitted to the detection service it will be stored electronically in a database and compared against work submitted from this and other Universities. The material will be stored in this manner indefinitely. 2. In the case of project module submissions, not subject to third party confidentiality agreements, exemplars may be published by the University Learning Centre. I have read the above, and declare that this is my work only, and it adheres to the standards above. Signature____________________________________ Date___________________ Print Name__________________________________ Student ID_______________ I have submitted this digitally and will provide a signed copy prior to marking. Abstract Summary of the dissertation within one page. Unnumbered chapter headings, as above, are entered using the Unnumbered 1 paragraph style. The Unnumbered 1 style automatically starts a new page. This template starts the page numbering at the foot of this page. While you are printing drafts, you might find it useful to add the printing date and time into the footer – to help you, and your supervisor, tell which version is most current. It is suggested that the abstract be structured as follows: Problem: What you tackled, and why this needed a solutionObjectives: What you set out to achieve, and how this addressed the problemMethodology: How you went about solving the problemAchievements: What you managed to achieve, and how far it meets your objectives. Acknowledgements Acknowledge anyone who has helped you in your work such as your supervisor, technical support staff, fellow students or external organisations. Acknowledge the source of any work that is not your own. Table of Contents The table of contents below is automatically generated from the paragraphs of style Heading N and Unnumbered N. To update this after revisions, right-click in the table and choose Update Field for the entire table. Abstract i Attestation ii Acknowledgements iii Table of Contents iv List of Figures v 1 Introduction 1 1.1 Background and Context 1 1.2 Scope and Objectives 1 1.3 Achievements 1 1.4 Overview of Dissertation 1 2 State-of-The-Art 2 3 Technical Chapters (change this to something appropriate) 3 3.1 First Section 3 3.1.1 First Subsection 3 184.108.40.206 First Subsubsection 3 3.1.2 Second Subsection 3 3.2 Second Section 3 4 Conclusion 5 4.1 Summary 5 4.2 Evaluation 5 4.3 Future Work 5 References 6 Appendix 1 7 Appendix 2 – User guide 8 Appendix 3 – Installation guide 9 List of Figures Similarly you can automatically generate a list of figures from paragraphs of style Figure. To update this after revisions, right-click in the table and choose Update Field for the entire table. Figure 1. Highly Technical Diagram 4 Introduction For editorial consistency, it is important to use Word styles properly. Word 2003 onwards has so-called quick styles. If the styles referred to below are not visible on the Home ribbon in the Styles category, choose Apply Styles from the down arrow at the bottom right of the Styles category. Styles can then be applied from the drop-down box. To make a style visible as a quick style, choose Apply Styles, then click Styles (the AA icon), then click on the drop-down list for a style, and then Add to Quick Style Gallery. Chapters are entered using the Heading 1 paragraph style. The Heading 1 style automatically moves to the start of a new page, and supplies the next chapter number. The new paragraph when you press Return after a heading automatically uses the Body First paragraph style (like this one, with no indent on the first line). However, most text uses the Body Text paragraph style (like this one, with 11 point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, single-sided pages). Enter most text using the Body Text paragraph style. The new paragraph when you press Return after a Body First paragraph automatically uses the Body Text paragraph style. In general, use the default spacing that headings and paragraphs give you. Avoid using new-lines or spaces to format text. If you need to use quotes, preferably use single curly quotes ‘…’. If you wish to emphasise something, usually use italic font. Remember to Save frequently while you are working! Background and Context Give the background to your project and context of what you have done. Sections are entered using the Heading 2 paragraph style – the Heading 2 style automatically supplies the next section number. Scope and Objectives Define the scope and objectives of your project. Overview of Dissertation Briefly overview the contents of what follows in the dissertation. Literature Review Summarise current knowledge and what others have done in the various topics of your dissertation – in the application area and in the various technologies that you might have used or did use. Write for someone familiar with computing, but not necessarily expert in the particular topics of your project. Give references to other work by using cross-references to entries in the References section, like this . Technical Chapters (change this to something appropriate) Research Methods, Ethical and Data Protection Considerations, Findings, Critical Self-Evaluation Note: This part of the dissertation will normally be expanded to be a series of chapters. The technical body of the dissertation consists of a number of chapters (just one here, but there will usually be more). Follow a logical structure in how you present your work. This will usually be the phases of the software development cycle, the modules of your system, etc. However, please do not write your dissertation to read like a diary. Include a chapter demonstrating what you have achieved and how your system is used in practice – for example showing a typical session as a series of pasted in screen shots, with an accompanying commentary. You should also include a chapter explaining how you obtained feedback from your “customer” or potential users of your system, what feedback you actually obtained, and your analysis and comments. First Section This should show how you have designed your solution – programming schema, ER diagrams, UML diagrams, algorithms, statistics, designs for screens – the work you need to do before you begin developing your solutions First Subsection If necessary, also use subsections. Subsections are entered using the Heading 3 paragraph style (all these heading styles are self-numbering). Your work should be broken down – each document or diagram type will need to be defined (a good place to use a citation), and displayed, with an analysis of how you designed it, and what it tells the reader about the research First Subsubsection Some topics will need to be broken down into several components. Use sub-sub headings if this applies to you Second Subsection And, as required, more subsections. Second Section This should be a discussion about how you will test your solution – in software development, this will include the type of testing you will undertake, and testing scripts. In IT Management, how you would work to demonstrate that when your solutions are applied, you can make sure they have the right effect on an organisation. Third Section This section should discuss the ethical and data protection considerations you have made for your project – this may include things that you considered for ethical approval, but it will also include the ways in which you will protect data that is sensitive within your project, or how you will mitigate any threat your artefact may represent if it were to be released to the public unexpectedly. Fourth Section This should show your actual artefact – this can include code, SQL schema, screen shots, recommendations – this will be quite specific to the project, and you should seek advice from your supervisor about appropriate evidence. Fifth Section This should be an analysis of the outcome – discussing how your artefact can be used, or how it helps solve a problem. Sixth Section This is a critical evaluation of the product and process. This demonstrates the ability to reflect on your work, and identify improvements you could make on both your artefact, and your approach to academic projects. The Product: Your artefact should be a product of your work and research – your research should lead to your artefact. You should discuss your artefact critically – that is, don’t just say it is “perfect” and “meets all needs” – identify any weaknesses or things that, perhaps, don’t work, or that changed from when you originally did your proposal.The Process: This should be an individual discussion, where you can use “I”, “Me” and “My” – the journey YOU have been on, and it should address both the things that went well in your project, and things that did not go so well. You should reflect on what you have learned as an individual, and identify changes you would make if you were to start the project again now. This would normally be 2 – 4 pages in length. ConclusionSummary Summarise what you have achieved. This should be a brief, factual account of the objective achieved. Evaluation Stand back and evaluate what you have achieved and how well you have met the objectives. Evaluate your achievements against your objectives in section 1.2. Demonstrate that you have tackled the project in a professional manner. (The previous paragraph demonstrates the use of automatic cross-references: The “1.2” is a Cross-reference to the text in a numbered item of the document, it is not literal text but a field. The number that appears here will change automatically if the number on the referred-to section is altered, for example if a chapter or section is added or deleted before it. Cross-references are entered using Word’s Insert menu. Cross-references are set to update automatically when printed, but may not do so on-screen beforehand; you can update a field manually on-screen by right-clicking on it and selecting Update field from the pop-up menu.) Future Work Explain any limitations in your results and how things might be improved. Discuss how your work might be developed further. Reflect on your results in isolation and in relation to what others have achieved in the same field. This self-analysis is particularly important. You should give a critical evaluation of what went well, and what might be improved. References Use the Harvard Referencing System Appendix 1 – Proposal You may have one or more appendices containing detail, bulky or reference material that is relevant though supplementary to the main text: perhaps additional specifications, tables or diagrams that would distract the reader if placed in the main part of the dissertation. Make sure that you place appropriate cross-references in the main text to direct the reader to the relevant appendices. This MUST include the Ethical Approval form. Appendix 2 – User guide If you produced software that is intended for others to use, or that others may wish to extend/improve, then a user guide and an installation guide appendices are essential. Appendix 3 – Installation guide If you produced software that is intended for others to use, or that others may wish to extend/improve, then a user guide and an installation guide appendices are essential.
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